UN rights chief alarmed by mass executions by Kadhafi regime

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The UN rights chief expressed alarm Tuesday at reports of "mass summary executions" in Libya mostly carried out by forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi in the dying days of his rule.

shortly before he lost control of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

"We are extremely alarmed by the emerging reports of atrocious violations in Libya, including what appear to be mass summary executions, mostly apparently carried out by the forces of the Kadhafi government during the last few days before they lost Tripoli," said Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

A rebel military chief had said that pro-Kadhafi forces killed more than 150 prisoners as they fled the rebel takeover of Tripoli.

Charred skeletons of some 50 people have also been found in a makeshift prison next to a Libyan military base abandoned by Kadhafi's elite troops.

Asked if the rebels had also committed similar atrocities, Colville said there are one or two unconfirmed reports of pro-Kadhafi forces being summarily executed.

He therefore urged both sides to "exercise restraint and refrain from committing further human rights violations or acts of retaliation."

© 2011 AFP

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